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Medical Assistant Savannah Dela Vega places a nasal swab in a container for coronavirus testing at the drive-thru clinic in Casper, Wyo., Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Wyoming health officials reported the number of people hospitalized with the virus has increased to the highest since March. (Cayla Nimmo/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP)

The Latest: Wisconsin sees highest 1-day virus death total

Oct. 21, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin has recorded its highest one-day total of new COVID-19 deaths and the first patient was admitted to a field hospital near Milwaukee that opened last week to help hospitals coping with the influx of patients. The surge that began in early September showed no signs of slowing with...

South Dakota reports 332 COVID-19 hospitalizations

Oct. 21, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The number of people hospitalized by COVID-19 climbed to a new high in South Dakota on Wednesday as 332 people received hospital care. Health officials also reported three more deaths from the virus, along with 582 more cases. The state has ranked second in the country for new...

WVa National Guard to increase personnel in virus response

Oct. 20, 2020 4:07 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The federal government has authorized the West Virginia National Guard to increase the number of personnel on active status to support the response to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Jim Justice said. There are currently 379 members of the state National Guard on active status. The...

In this Nov. 11, 2015, photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Maj. Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii Army National Guardsman and U.S. House of Representative for Hawaii's 2nd District, delivers a keynote address to audience members about honoring and remembering veterans of war during a Veterans Day sunset ceremony aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Military officials say Gabbard has left the Hawaii Army National Guard for a new assignment with a California-based Army Reserve unit. The Hawaii National Guard confirmed Gabbard, who holds the rank of major, made the switch in June 2020, but the transfer to an out-of-state unit was not formally announced. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeff Troutman/U.S. Navy via AP)

Gabbard leaves Hawaii National Guard for California unit

Oct. 19, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Congresswoman and former presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has left the Hawaii Army National Guard for a new assignment with a California-based Army Reserve unit, military officials said. Gabbard's new part-time assignment as an Army Reserve civil affairs officer follows 17 years with...

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo, vehicles for the District of Columbia National Guard are seen outside the D.C. Armory in Washington. A peaceful protest in a sleepy suburb that's home to the head of the California National Guard was among four demonstrations monitored by National Guard spy planes. That's according to a report by the Los Angeles Times. The four spy planes took to the skies over cities in June to monitor protests following the killing of George Floyd. Three watched demonstrations in Minneapolis, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. But the target of the fourth was the Sacramento, Calif., suburb of El Dorado Hills. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Report: Spy plane monitored protest where Guard head lives

Oct. 18, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A peaceful protest in a sleepy and affluent suburb that's home to the head of the California National Guard was among four demonstrations monitored by National Guard spy planes earlier this year, according to a newspaper report Sunday. The four planes took to the skies over...

Murphy installs new leader at military, veterans department

Oct. 16, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy dismissed New Jersey's top military commander Friday after a coronavirus outbreak hit the state's three veterans homes resulting in 146 deaths. Col. Lisa Hou takes over immediately from Major Gen. Jemal Beale, Murphy said in a statement. Murphy, a Democrat, faces...

FILE - This March 27, 2008, file photo shows the Pentagon in Washington. The specter of election chaos in the United States is raising questions about whether voting, vote-counting or the post-vote reaction could become so chaotic that the military would intervene. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Army: No requests made for use of troops around election

Oct. 13, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

Army leaders said Tuesday that they have not received any requests to use active-duty or National Guard troops for possible civil unrest surrounding the presidential election next month, but are ready to do so if called on. Gen. James McConville, chief of the Army, said he's received no guidance to conduct any...

National Guard opens second WVa site for at-risk teenagers

Oct. 12, 2020 4:14 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, W.Va. (AP) — The National Guard has opened a second educational program for at-risk teenagers in southern West Virginia. The Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy South has started with an inaugural class of 72 teens, ages 16 to 18, Gov. Jim Justice said in a statement Sunday. The teens represent 30...

Man rescued by helicopter after fall in South Dakota park

Oct. 11, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say the South Dakota National Guard used a Black Hawk helicopter Saturday to rescue a man trapped in a crevasse after falling about 100 feet in Badlands National Park. Volunteer firefighters had first attempted to reach the 33-year-old man with technical rope and other...

FILE - This March 27, 2008, file photo shows the Pentagon in Washington. The specter of election chaos in the United States is raising questions about whether voting, vote-counting or the post-vote reaction could become so chaotic that the military would intervene. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Specter of election chaos raises questions on military role

Oct. 10, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a question Americans are unaccustomed to considering in a presidential election campaign: Could voting, vote-counting or the post-vote reaction become so chaotic that the U.S. military would intervene? The answer is yes, but only in an extreme case. There is normally no need for the...